Jakarta (ANTARA) - Deputy Villages, Disadvantaged Region, and Transmigration Minister Budi Arie Setiadi urged people to not panic over novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases surfacing in Indonesia and deemed it unnecessary to buy or stash food for long term.

"Do not panic. We have experts, and intensive measures are being applied on a massive scale by the government to handle this problem," he stated during a press release received here on Wednesday.

Setiadi expressed regret over the trend of several Jakartans flocking to some shopping centers and supermarkets to purchase and hoard food items over concerns that Jakarta will be isolated only due to two cases of COVID-19.

Hence, he advised Jakartans to emulate the healthy habits of people in the countryside by diligently exercising instead of panicking and hoarding food.

"Do not overreact. We just have to eat right, consume vegetables, exercise, and be grateful," Setiadi emphasized.

The minister reiterated that maintaining personal hygiene and boosting immunity were the crucial cornerstones in preventing COVID-19.

He further expounded that mental conditions also impacted health for which people must not become stressed in dealing with the issue.

Hence, Setiadi urged all parties to exercise self-restraint to prevent fear from spreading among the public over the COVID-19 infection.

"A depressed mental state will affect the condition of our bodies and make them weak and unhealthy. That is precisely what is bad for us," he added.


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Reporter: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga, Dewanto
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